Author: Richard DiNitto
Within any commercial, industrial, warehouse, or other business operation, regardless of size, paint storage is regulated by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and often your municipality. Not all paints are the same and we often come to think of them as relatively safe and not related to our typical chemical management approaches, such as with solvents or oils.
However, many paints are considered flammable, and as a result, come under OSHA Rules 1910.106 and 1926.152 Flammable liquids.
Paint storage requirements are based on flammability and flash points. Oil-based paints are considered flammable, while latex-based paints are not considered flammable. NFPA considers paints to be a Category 3 Flammable Substance, the latter classification having a flash point that ranges from 73°F to 140°F (see Figure 1).
Storage of paint containers follows some simple rules, though complexities exist. Storage requirements include:
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